- By Holly Goldberg Sloan

I'll Be There

  • Title: I'll Be There
  • Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • ISBN: 9780316122764
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • I ll Be There Emily Bell believes in destiny To her being forced to sing a solo in the church choir despite her average voice is fate because it s while she s singing that she first sees Sam At first sight they a

    Emily Bell believes in destiny To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir despite her average voice is fate because it s while she s singing that she first sees Sam At first sight, they are connected.Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there s nowhere for him to run He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted bEmily Bell believes in destiny To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir despite her average voice is fate because it s while she s singing that she first sees Sam At first sight, they are connected.Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there s nowhere for him to run He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted by their unstable father That is, until Sam sees Emily That s when everything changes.As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time But when tragedy strikes, they re left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they ll ever find a place where they can belong Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I ll Be There is a gripping story that explores the complexities of teenage passions, friendships, and loyalties.

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    1. 3.5 starsI'll Be There is a modern fairy tale. It reads like a fairy tale and it's got the tropes of a fairy tale, though revisited in a modern key.It is the story of Sam and Emily. Sam, our modern male Cinderella, has been on the road with his little sick brother for as long as he can remember, obliged by their psychotic father to live a miserable life, not going to school, kept out of society. Emily is just a regular small town girl, reserved, introverted.But when Emily is obliged by her fathe [...]

    2. 4.5 stars (Brace yourself for the gushing - apparently my brain was having a fire sale on similes and adjectives.)Books like this make me feel so grateful that I am a reader. Imagining that I was born without a propensity for reading and/or taught to love it tends to put me in a panicky tailspin, at the thought of all the characters, places and emotional experiences I would have missed, had I not been so inclined to pick up a book whenever possible. And as far as emotional experiences go, this o [...]

    3. Ugh. Okay. I saw amazing reviews on this book, so I was psyched. But in the end, it just disappointed me. I'll start with this, though - I absolutely loved Sam and Riddle, and their ability to get people to fall head over heels for them (except the evil people, obvs). Their parts of the story were awesome. If the rest of the characters were written as well as Sam and Riddle, I don't think I'd have as much of a problem. But it seems as if Sam and Riddle are the only characters you’re supposed t [...]

    4. This book and I did not get along. I TRIED TO BE NICE. I did. I went in slightly skeptical because the blurb is a mess of "destiny" and "waiting for life to begin" which is all kinds of wrong. You shouldn't have to wait to meet a boy for your life to begin, okay?! SO. I was skeptical going inbut then the book turned into a complete monologue of telling instead of showing. The ENTIRE book is told. There is a scraping of dialogue and there are NO action scenes. It's like you're reading a detailed [...]

    5. I'll Be There is one of the most unique young-adult novels I've ever read. It's about Sam and Riddle Border, brothers who have been moving around with their unstable father for several years - Sam, now 17, hasn't seen a classroom since the second grade. Their lives consist of grabbing food from garbage disposals, hiding from people who may report them to the police, and moving away whenever their criminal father makes a too close for comfort encounter with the local authorities. One day, Sam ste [...]

    6. When people say Do Not Read In Public, I should probably listen, as it would likely save my mascara. You want a book that brings crocodile tears from sadness and joy, read I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This is arguably one of the best contemps I’ve read all year.Read the rest of my review here

    7. Oh my gosh, what a story! and what a life to have lived, it's hard to imagine. This was a unique story. I am so glad it all worked out in the end for the Bell family and Riddle and Sam. my heart broke for those two boys.

    8. 3.5 starsI’ll Be There has been collecting dust on my shelf for over a year. I usually don’t buy books unless I intend to read them right away, but sometime between ordering Holly Goldberg Sloan’s debut and actually receiving it, I convinced myself it would be too emotionally draining. So I just left it on my shelf where it made me feel guilty every time I looked at it. And then last night, I finally picked it up.In the end, while I did tear up a couple of times, I’ll Be There came nowhe [...]

    9. At my house we call this type of book "And Then The FLOOD!" (nod to Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck). That just means that one plot device after another is thrown at the charactersd that there are several too many. It was ok to read, but wildly improbable and, for a book by a screenwriter, strangely lacking dialogue.Just to start: a sociopathic liar, ex-con, murderer leaves his brain-damaged wife; he inexplicably takes their two small sons on the road to rob where ever he can along the way. The two [...]

    10. Our lives are packed with people, relationships, and connections—big and small. So many people and pieces that come together, break, and fall away each and every day. Moments and people that passed by without a second glance could somehow, some way make an impact on your life without you even realizing it. Moments and decisions that ripple through time and unite the past with the present. This story reminded me again and again just how connected we all are—how an act of violence, kindness, o [...]

    11. When one describes a novel as being “magical,” we often think of lyricism, of rhythm and beautiful descriptions. But Holly Goldberg Sloan’s debut novel, I’LL BE THERE, is magical in quite a different way. A story of how the little things add up to the big things, I’LL BE THERE takes extraordinary characters and ordinary moments and weaves them together into a suspenseful and unforgettable story, one of the most unique books I’ve read in 2011.I want a Sam in my life. He is undoubtedly [...]

    12. Книгата изобщо, изобщо, ама изобщо не ми хареса! Най-големият ми проблем се коренеше в стила на писане на авторката – твърде лаконични изречения, на моменти лишени от смисъл, често дори будещи смях у мен. В целия роман лично аз не усетих никаква емоционалност, независимо от т [...]

    13. Ох боже колко клиширан край. Изобщо не ми хареса. Разказвачът не е безпристрастен и твърде много помагаше на децата (според мен). А и книгата е все едно взета от Wattpad, толкова аматьорско изглежда. Може би историята е хубава, но е лошо разказана :(

    14. Nunca pense encontrarme con esta historia, yo pensaba que se trataria de lo mismo de siempre el amor juvenil y sus cliches, pero no. Eso me sorprendio bastante. La historia se centra en dos hermanos que vienen de una familia disfuncional, con muchos altercados delictuales, violencia. El mayor de los hermanos se enamora de una chica y comienzan los problemas, tanto para él como para su familia.Los personajes son super interesantes cada personaje tiene un conflicto interno consigo mismo, alguno [...]

    15. Wowza. I don't know what to say.I loved the book. I couldn't put it down. Another one that I read on my phone anytime I had a spare moment. I will agree with other reviewers who said that the relationship between Sam and Emily didn't have much development. But what's funny is that's not the point of the story. This book is a perfect example of an omniscient narrator. Imagine that this book takes place in a snow globe full of people, and you're watching everything from above. You're not going to [...]

    16. I don't know. I just don't know how any self-respecting book lover can see this book and not have to buy it immediately. I mean, look at that cover. It's gorgeous and haunting and somehow bursting with meaning all at once. As I mentioned before, it reminds me very much of the exquisite cover of Marcelo in the Real World--a book I loved without reserve. All that put together had me on the edge of my seat to read it, and I had a lovely copy all ready and waiting for me on the nightstand in the nur [...]

    17. Книгата ми въздейства много силно! Цялото ревю: ( Съвсем скоро, ще напиша ревю в блога )Една история, която наистина ще докосне сърцето ви, ‘’Ще бъда до теб’’ е дебютът на Холи Голдбърг Слоун. Само след няколко страници, аз се пристрастих към братята Сам и Ридъл и отчаяно се [...]

    18. This book took me on a journey I wasn't expecting at all. From the beginning, I thought I'd had this book in the bag. I thought I knew what I'd be rating it, where the characters would end up, the road they'd be on. Midway through the book I think I could hear Holly Goldberg Sloan laughing at me.Excuse me while I go dig up every interview I can find with this author. The way she explores (so many) characters throughout this book is fascinating. The way she explores the human condition and its am [...]

    19. Loved the concept, but I just felt no connection to the characters and storyline. It should have been far more emotional, given the hand that Sam and Riddle were dealt. But I couldn't immerse myself and form any sort of attachment.

    20. Kitabın kapağında Gayle Forman'ın "Kalp kırıcı, merak uyandıran, hayat dolu, sihirli ama daha önce okuduğum hiçbir şeye de benzemiyor." diye bir yorumu var. İlk defa bir kitap kapağındaki yorumun, kitabı bu denli yansıttığını gördüm. Bu kitapta bir şey var, beni gerçekten çok etkiledi ama tam olarak ne olduğunu söyleyemiyorum.

    21. This book overall, was definitely one of my personal favorites. It has a great hidden meaning and a great plot as well. The book really allows the reader to feel what the character is thinking. This was a great insight into what some people's lives can be like. The only thing I did not like about this book is that the ending was very boring without a lot of detail. It was very predictable, but I plan on reading the second novel!

    22. Sam Border has moved around so much that of all the homes he's lived in what he most remembers is the sounds: rain on an aluminum roof, a rattling trailer. Waves crashing on a beach. What he’d most like is to move away from his mentally unstable father, but he would never leave his brother Riddle.Riddle Border is small for his age and doesn’t say much. Mostly he likes to draw the intricate insides of things. He looks up to his brother Sam, who is more of a father to him than his real dad wil [...]

    23. Rating: 3.5 Stars Sam and Riddle Border have spent all their lives moving from place to place with their father Clarence. Clarence suffers from paranoia and mental instability, causing him to resort to thievery to live and leaving his children poorly educated and socially outcast. When Sam meets Emily Bell in a small town church, they feel an instant connection. Emily believes in destiny, she believes that she has a purpose in this world, and she also believes that Sam is the key to this fate. F [...]

    24. This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.Sam and his younger brother Riddle live under the care of their unstable criminal father, constantly moving out of his paranoia. Drawn to music, Sam one day finds himself in the back pew of a church, transfixed by the off-key solo of Emily Bell, who's given him more incentive to stay than he's ever had.Let's begin with: I'll Be There is one of the most charming books I've ever read.The tone of I'll Be There pretty accurately represented wh [...]

    25. Overall, I'd say well worth reading, I really enjoyed the story, but there were some things that distracted me, hence the 3 stars.I liked least:The first few pages didn't catch me. That's harsh, but hey. If someone hadn't recommended the book to me, I may have put it down based on the first few pages. Also, the ending felt a little too much like a "let's wrap up the movie with a tight little bow." The thing writers also love to do in on t.v especially in sitcoms, which is what I'll describe as t [...]

    26. This was fantastic! I'll be there is written in a unique and effective way. It's very hard to believe that this is Sloan's debut novel. The book explores the lives of several people, mainly the Border, Bell and Ellis families and how they all come together over the disapperance of the two Border children, Sam and Riddle and their abusive father, Clarence. Sam and Riddle are both very strong characters with distinct personalities, especially Riddle. In fact, I found most of the personalities to b [...]

    27. Sam Border knew he would have to leave Churchill eventually. His father would make them leave this town, just like the others. Clarence Border's stealing had sent them out of many towns quicker then it was possible for either Sam or his brother Riddle to get comfortable. Sam was okay with that, until he meets Emily Bell at the town's First Unitarian Church. Emily Bell, singing for the choir, is helped suddenly by Sam when she feels ill after her performance. They both are curious about each othe [...]

    28. This was a beautifully written and heartwarming story. One of the best I have read all year.Sam and his little brother, Riddle, have been neglected and abused by their mentally unstable father, Clarence Border. Emily Bell believes in destiny. When her and Sam meet at a church, their lives are changed forever. Soon Riddle and Sam are sneaking out to go to the Bell's house, but when their father finds out,a drastic turn of events leaves Emily wondering if she'll ever see Sam again. I highly recomm [...]

    29. How have more people not read this book? It's a beautiful read with so much mainstream appeal, I'm shocked that it isn't more popular. This book is not for the skeptics. This book is for the dreamers and the idealists among us. Others have compared it to a fairy tale, and I wouldn't say it's far off. My only complaint is with the length of the survival storyline, but overall, what a beautiful, striking read. I can't wait to share it with my friends.Originally read February 27, 2014

    30. Possibly my favorite book of 2011. This book will win awards, I'm calling it now. I think the author, Holly Goldberg Sloan, might be the top of my list in terms of YA fiction. This little book turned my heart inside out, and I haven't cared about a literary little brother like this since Charles Wallace -- or Ponyboy!

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